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Danny Laws gets a head start on his prison time

DOE RUN – A Doe Run man, scheduled to be sentenced Friday to 12 years in a correctional facility for manufacturing methamphetamine is getting a head start on his sentence. Laws previously had a plea bargain agreement with the St. Francois County Prosecuting attorney’s office that in exchange for a bond reductin and a maximum of a 12-year-sentence, he would not commit any more offenses until his sentencing on Friday.

On Monday Danny Laws’ residence in Doe Run was raided by the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Mineral Area Drug Task Force. Authorities uncovered what was described as a working methamphetamine lab. Laws along with a female subject and a male subject were arrested and taken into custody. A fourth subject fled into the woods and as of Tuesday morning was still at large. The sentencing scheduled for Friday was for an incident during the summer of 2004 at Laws residence on Hampton Road in Doe Run where area law enforcement uncovered a methamphetamine operation. After Laws was found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine, he was given time to get his affairs in order for his family before beginning to serve his sentence.

In exchange for the delayed sentence, Laws promised the judge he would stay out of trouble.

St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock said Tuesday his department had received information that Laws was manufacturing methamphetamine again at his residence on Hampton Road. At approximately 5 p.m. on Monday law enforcement officials surrounded the residence and executed a search warrant.

“When we pulled up to the residence, everyone started to flee from the home,” Bullock said. “We already had enough officers on the scene to have the residence surrounded. We arrested Laws, a female subject and another male subject who were at the residence. A third male subject fled into the woods and is still at large. However, we know his identity and expect to pick him up some time today.”

Bullock said during the search a working methamphetamine lab was uncovered.

“It was a pretty good size methamphetamine lab,” Bullock said. “They were actually cooking when we arrived on the scene. We also found what is believed to be some of the finished product at the residence.”

Bullock said no children were at the residence at the time of the raid.

“We did find one weapon at the scene,” Bullock said. “When we ran a check on it, it did not come back stolen. An officer took the weapon as part of the evidence.”

The three subjects who were arrested at the scene are currently at the St. Francois County Jail and are most likely facing new charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

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